Complete Liberty Podcast
Show that promotes total respect for self-ownership, property rights, and personal choice--amidst the authoritarian/obedience-oriented political and psychological memes in American culture (and elsewhere). Basically, governments and all they entail are the problem, not the solution. Voluntarism (or market anarchism, or anarcho-capitalism) and customary law principles, in accordance with reason and dignity, spell the solution.

The Little Book Of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr with Ali Gohar

Rethinking the Impact of Traditional Justice- Natalie DeFreitas at TEDxVancouver

Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships: Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED

bumper music "Justice" by Lutan Fyah

Direct download: Episode_195_-_Restorative_justice_with_and_without_statism.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

The Importance of Self Esteem

Crime and Punishment in American History, review

A brief history of punishments

America’s Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace by Anthony Gregory

The Little Book Of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr with Ali Gohar

The No State Project

Disarming with Empathy: Jo Berry at TEDxExeter

Group counseling available...

bumper music "Retribution" by Brand X Music (John Sponsler, Tom Gire, and Joshua Lynch)

Benefits of empathy for self, others, and systems

Ten Reasons Why Libertarianism Is the Way of the Future

John Stossel's recent program

Creating Freedom: Raoul Martinez at TEDxWhitechapel
Raoul Martinez's TEDx Talk

The Whitest Kids U' Know - Pledge of Allegiance

Why Not "Opt Out" of Government Control?
From bootlegging to working off the books, we've done it many times before, and it's getting ever-easier to exit the system. by J.D. Tuccille

Comprehensive paper on compatibilism by Peter Voss
further reading...

The Power of Love: Shawna Korgan at TEDxUniversityofNevada

The Goosebumps of Life: Grant Korgan at TEDxYouth@SanDiego

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bumper music "Freewill" by Vitamin String Quartet (tribute to Rush)

Benefits of Empathy (page still in development)

Wes Bertrand and Edwin Rutsch explore the benefits of empathy

Edwin's new empathy circles...

Nonviolent Communication: A Language Of Life by Marshall Rosenberg

download The Art Of Self-Discovery by Nathaniel Branden on this page...

bumper music "Empathy" by Alanis Morissette

Direct download: Episode_192_-_Discussion_of_the_benefits_of_empathy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

The State is an Epidemic by Thomas L. Knapp

Exclusive - U.S. directs agents to cover up programme used to investigate Americans by John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke
Be Afraid of NSA Spying: We’ve only seen the type of the iceberg when it comes to NSA abuse. by Gene Healy
Four Ways Obama Needs to Control His Spooks by Jeffrey Rosen
Take Action: What You Can Do to Nullify NSA Spying by Mike Maharrey
NSA-proof encryption exists. Why doesn’t anyone use it? by Timothy B. Lee
Silicon Valley Luminaries Got Grilled On The NSA At Disrupt, Here’s How They Responded by Billy Gallagher
Take back the Internet by Bruce Schneier

Our System’s Complexity Is Both Its Weakness and Its Strength by Robert Higgs

bumper music "Piano Concerto No. 1, Allegro con fuoco" by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

Direct download: Episode_191_-_Peace_freedom_strength_and_the_Orwellian_nightmare.mp3
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Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams bemoan paying half of record $3.6 million prize money to tax man by Jim Slater

Rafael Nadal Vs Novak Djokovic Final Extended Highlights US Open 2013 [HD]

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Political Problems Have Only One Real Solution by Robert Higgs

bumper music Cambodian Music (Khmer Surin) by Nam Phoeung

I was a guest again on with host Edwin Rutsch
Wes: Human Centered Design Project: What are your needs for empathy? Interview

Human-centered design

George Packer: Can Silicon Valley Embrace Politics?

Marshall B. Rosenberg - How do you talk to yourself about making mistakes

Highly recommended free novel (and audiobook): Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism by Robert Pape

Blowback, Second Edition: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (American Empire Project) by Chalmers Johnson

Civil Liberties and Security in an Age of Terrorism, July 18, 2013 - Robert Higgs, Anthony Gregory, Mary L. G. Theroux

Taking on the California DMV

Virginia Satir Forgiving Parents Family Therapy clip3

bumper music "Empathy" by Fatso

Direct download: Episode_189_-_The_needs_underlying_empathy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

I was a guest on with host Edwin Rutsch along with friends Katie of and and Tom of and

Panel 25: Libertarian: How might we transform domination cultures & systems into empathic cultures?

Re-imagining Capitalism: Love and Compassion in Economics
The Next Big Thing by Umair Haque

Insight: Iraq security forces outmatched as 'open war' returns by Suadad al-Salhy

Reserve or share the Kite™ Patch - a breakthrough mosquito-fighting technology designed to block mosquitoes' ability to track humans and spread disease.

bumper music "Compassion" by LOWB

Direct download: Episode_188_-_Empathy_circle_addressing_domination_systems.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

I was a guest on with host Edwin Rutsch.
Edwin has been seeking to build a culture of empathy, one that encompasses all human systems, starting with oneself and one's family.
Wesley Bertrand and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy
Our conversation with other notes:

The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem
Breaking Free by Nathaniel Branden

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
Unconditional Parenting: Moving From Rewards And Punishments To Love And Reason by Alfie Kohn

Nonviolent Communication: A Language Of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
Fundamentals of Voluntaryism (nod to Carl Watner)

Sudbury Valley School that fosters intrinsic motivation

Human Centered Design
Dayna Martin: What is Radical Unschooling?
Unschooling: What is Deschooling? (Dayna Martin)
Dayna Martin: Common Unschooling Questions Answered
[154] Dirty Wars: Terror Begets Terror | Jeremy Scahill Breaks the Set
The Stream : Uncovering America's 'dirty wars'

NVC teleconference -
Dominic Barter's site -

Google Personal Growth Series The New Science of Mindsight by Dan Siegel

bumper music "Empathy" by Jaysways

Direct download: Episode_187_-_Discussion_of_a_culture_of_empathy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

The black box: Inside America's massive new surveillance centre

No Treason: The Constitution Of No Authority by Lysander Spooner

Ron Paul Wants to Abolish the CIA; His Largest Donor Builds Toys for It: Why does 76 percent of the civil libertarian’s Super PAC money come from billionaire Peter Thiel, whose Palantir Technologies helps the government spy on citizens? by Mark Ames
WikiLeaks' Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldier Ethan McCord's Eyewitness Story
New World Rising: The quest for human freedom in the 21st century by Tom de Lorenzo

Just one big dysfunctional family by Claire Wolfe

bumper music "Informer" by Snow and "WHISTLEBLOWER - feat. Edward Snowden [RAP NEWS 19]" by thejuicemedia

Direct download: Episode_186_-_Needs_for_privacy_and_peace_instead_of_police_statism.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Introduction To Objectivist Epistemology
The Virtue Of Selfishness
Philosophy: Who Needs It

Heiko's channel
FDR thread started by Marc

Non-Violent Communication With Kelly Bryson

Succinct overview of nonviolent communication

The Renegade Variety Hour -
podcast -

Bumper music "Come Along" by Vicci Martinez Feat. Cee Lo Green

Guests Mark from and Scott from

Moderating the Dark Side of Emotional Morality with the Bright Side of Market Morality by Dwight R. Lee

Reason, self-interest, and free market trade are aligned, without sacrifice

Can Expectations Save Communism? by Bryan Caplan

The Power of the State versus the Power of Love by Robert Higgs

My guest appearance on the Freedom Lovin Podcast:

bumper music "Sacrifice" by Gregorian (from Elton John and Bernie Taupin)

Guests Mark of and Scott

Ethics has predominantly been an externally imposed, or extrinsic, motivator for humans--thus revealing its problems

Beyond Good and Evil: Marshall Rosenberg On Creating a Nonviolent World

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham

Anger, Guilt and Shame: Reclaiming Power And Choice by Liv Larsson

bumper music "Liberation" by Ziggi Recado

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Direct download: Episode_183_-_Moving_beyond_domination_culture.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Nonviolent communication, or nvc
The Basics of Non Violent Communication 1.1

It can be challenging to learn a language of life and not fall back on past parenting scripts

An ethics based on needs, empathy, and compassionate connection can foster a free society

3-week nvc teleconference -

It's key to distinguish actual feelings from moralistic judgments of self and others (10min clip by Rosenberg)

Conflict happens on the level of strategies, not needs (which are universal)

bumper music "I Love Being A Parent" by Jeff Foxworthy
"Parents Just Don't Understand" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Direct download: Episode_182_-_Authority_and_compliance_parenting_ethics_roundtable.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT

April 13-14 nvc conference in Oxnard, CA

Two Beers With Steve Podcast (with Brett and me)

"The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." - Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Richard Carrier on Morality (part 4 of 6)
Richard Carrier on Morality (part 5 of 6)
Richard Carrier on Morality (part 6 of 6)

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

universal human needs
universal human feelings

Ongoing 3-week nvc teleconference -

bumper music "(Emperor) Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo"

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Direct download: Episode_181_-_The_nature_of_the_good_life.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Damon Horowitz: Philosophy in prison

Unfortunately, most of modern philosophy spends time in the realm of the nonobjective

My Years With Ayn Rand by Nathaniel Branden

Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong

In our own image and likeness

Damon Horowitz calls for a "moral operating system"

bumper music "The Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner

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Direct download: Episode_180_-_The_nature_of_human_fallibility_rightness_and_wrongness.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:32am EDT

Troubled Family Life Changes Kids' Brains by Ian Chant

Whenever the "common good" is put above the individual good, human beings get sacrificed. Thus, by upholding what's best for individuals (i.e., respecting their freedoms), the "good" of society (i.e., of a group of individuals) is fostered

The Science of Libertarian Morality - A social psychology study explores the formation of the libertarian personality by Ronald Bailey

bumper music "My Sacrifice" by Creed

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Direct download: Episode_179_-_Libertarian_ethics_and_the_meme_of_sacrifice.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:37pm EDT

Upcoming nvc conference in SoCal in April

Bali drugs: Death sentence for Briton Lindsay Sandiford

Freedom--An Ethical Issue

Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, Harry Binswanger

I invite you to participate in an eight-week counseling group (each weekly session will be 1.5hrs)--please email me at, and we'll fine-tune the program.

bumper music "The Great Divide" by VNV Nation

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Direct download: Episode_178_-_Philosophy_of_ethics_and_morality.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

I interview Stephanie Bachmann Mattei, Ph.D.

The Parenting Matters TeleConference
Thursday, January 24 - Monday, January 28, 2013
Presented by the NVC Academy and Stephanie Bachmann Mattei

Are you playing the role of "good parent"?

It's vital to look at the needs underlying human behavior

FDR2268 Parenting for a Peaceful World - A Conversation with Robin Grille

Please feel free to join Brett's redesigned site!

my recent guest appearance...
Episode 11: The End of the World

bumper music "Fur Elise" by Ludvig van Beethovenür_Elise

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